Kent County Arts and Entertainment - September 2013

Kent County has been recognized by the Maryland State Arts Council as one of the significant arts communities in the state. With this in mind, we have designed the Arts & Entertainment site to provide you with information on what the county has to offer in relation to its arts, entertainment, and cultural heritage. Hopefully, this will help you plan a fun-filled stay, enabling you to take full advantage of places to go and people to see. For more information, call the Kent County Tourism Development Office at 410-778-0416 or email tourism@kentcounty.com.

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  • Max's Mainstay All-Stars Reunion
  • Thursday, September 5   |  7:30pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • An All-Star evening of jazz standards featuring all of the All-Stars for an evening of spontaneous, highly improvisational jazz with Chuck Redd on vibes and drums; Robert Redd on piano; John Doughten on sax and clarinet; Steve Abshire on guitar and Tom Anthony on bass. They will be joined by vocalist Sue Matthews and pianist Dick Durham for some of that famous Mainstay magic. Call for reservations. Admission is $20.

  • Chestertown's 1st Fridays
  • Friday, September 6   |  5-8pm
  • Location: Downtown Chestertown
  • Contact:
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  • URL: www.kentcounty.com/artsentertainment
  • Meander the red-brick, tree-lined sidewalks of Historic Chestertown, while enjoying extended shop hours and arts and entertainment throughout Downtown. For a list of activities, please check this calendar for specific listings.

  • Closing Reception - MassoniArt Summer Exhibition
  • Friday, September 6   |  5 -8pm
  • Location: Carla Massoni Gallery, 203 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620
  • Contact: Carla Massoni
  • Phone: 410-778-7330
  • Email: info@massoniart.com
  • URL: www.massoniart.com
  • Special surprises and discounts on all work in the Gallery. Celebrate September First Friday and close out the summer with a final look at the MASSONIART Summer Exhibition.

  • Brazilian Guitarist: Rogerio Souza
  • Friday, September 6   |  8pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre, 210 High St, Chestertow
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email:
  • URL: www.garfieldcenter.org
  • Virtuoso artist showcases his exciting interpretations of choro & samba. Sponsored by Kent County Arts Council.

  • The Philadelphia Jug Band
  • Saturday, September 7   |  7pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • ìIf this music doesnít make you smile, nothing will!î Thatís the slogan of the PJB who play a wide ranging mix of country blues, rags and folk with vocals and guitar, harmonica, flute, blues kazoo, washboard, jug and washtub bass. Theyíve performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival in both official and unofficial capacities for 50 years. Bring a comfortable chair. Indoors if it rains or is too hot. Admission is free.

  • A Childrenís Book Reading with Marcy Ramsey, Part of the Chestertown Book F
  • Friday, September 13   |  10am
  • Location: Bookplate: 112 S. Cross Street, Chestertown
  • Contact: Owen Bailey
  • Phone: 410-810-5768
  • Email: owenrussellbailey@gmail.com
  • URL: www.chestertownbookfestival.org/
  • Marcy Dunn Ramsey has always been an artist in some way, shape or form, in the fields of graphic design, portraiture, printmaking, teaching, painting or illustrating. She came to childrenísí book illustration about 25 years ago and spent many years doing textbook art and educational materials. Since then she has illustrated dozens of books, from all branches of publishing; picture books, YA jackets, black and white interior art for series books.

    Other guests appearing today can be found at the URL above.

  • Frank Vignola & Vinnie Raniolo
  • Saturday, September 14   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • One of the world's great guitarists, Vignola is a Mainstay favorite for his high octane performances, incredible technique, sly sense of humor, mix of high-energy originals, unique renditions of popular standards, new takes on contemporary tunes and lively classical arrangements. Frank and his guitar sidekick Vinnie Raniolo are at their best as a duo, creating an unforgettable evening of guitar that bridges the worlds of jazz and popular music. Call for reservations. Admission is $20.

  • Literary House Series Chicano/a & Latino/a Voices
  • Tuesday, September 17   |  4:30pm
  • Location: Rose O'Neill Literary House at Washington College, Chestertown MD
  • Contact: Owen Bailey
  • Phone: 410-810-5768
  • Email: obailey2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.washcoll.edu/live/events/
  • An Evening of Fiction with Justin Torres.
    Justin Torres is the author of the novel We the Animals. His stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, The Guardian, Harper's, Tin House and have been featured on NPR.

  • The Unforgettable War, the War of 1812
  • Tuesday, September 17   |  Noon-2pm
  • Location: Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall, Washington College
  • Contact: Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning
  • Phone: 410-778-7221
  • Email: wc_all@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.washcoll.edu/offices/wc-all/
  • WC-ALL Learn at Lunch. Speaker: Stephen Frohock Reservations required. Members - $15, Non members - $20.

  • The Spitfire Grill, a musical
  • Friday, September 20   |  Fri and Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm.
  • This event runs September 20 to October 6
  • Location: Church Hill Theatre
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-758-1331
  • Email: office@churchhilltheatre.org
  • URL: churchhilltheatre.org
  • Music & Book by James Valcq, Lyrics & Book by Fred Alley based on a film by Lee David Zlotoff.

  • A Fiction Reading with A.S. King, Part of the Chestertown Book Festival
  • Saturday, September 21   |  1pm
  • Location: Emmanuel Episcopal Church Hall, 101 Cross St., Chestertown
  • Contact: Owen Bailey
  • Phone:
  • Email: chesbookfest@gmail.com
  • URL: www.chestertownbookfestival.org
  • King is best known for her award-winning YA novels, though she writes novel-length and short-fiction for adults as well. She has been a rare poultry breeder, master printer, summer camp counselor, pizza delivery driver and after more than a decade in Ireland restoring her farm, teaching adult literacy, and writing novels, she returned to the US in 2004. She is the 2013 winner of the LA Times Book Prize for her novel Ask the Passengers.

  • Cliffs Schoolhouse Museum Open House
  • Saturday, September 21   |  1–4pm
  • Location: Quaker Neck Road, Chestertown
  • Contact: Carol Cordes
  • Phone: 410-778-9173
  • Email: cbcordes@verizon.net
  • URL: www.kentcounty.com/attractions/museums.php
  • Located 8.5 miles south of Chestertown the one-room schoolhouse opened in 1878 to children of a farming and watermen's community. Visitors can see the potbellied stove, lessons on the blackboards for the seven grades taught there, schoolbooks and other artifacts of that era. Closing in 1939 it remains in its original configuration. No admission fee.

  • Waterfront Festival
  • Saturday, September 21   |  Noon-4pm
  • Location: Wilmer Park/Chestertown
  • Contact: Katherine Thornton
  • Phone: 410-810-7162
  • Email: kthornton2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.washcoll.edu/centers/ces/waterfront-festival.p
  • Cruises aboard the 46-foot Callinectes, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, and the Cardboard Boat Regatta on the Chester River. Local fish fry & funnel cake, pit beef, ice cream, Oystering Exhibit, pony rides, Scales & Tales, Fish Mobile, model boat pond, and live music by the Michael Butler Band. Organized by the Center for Environment & Society at Washington College. Festival is free and open to the public.

  • Pam Ortiz Band
  • Saturday, September 21   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Singer and songwriter Pam Ortiz along with Bob Ortiz on percussion and guitar, Ford Schumann on guitar, Nevin Dawson on viola and violin and Philip Dutton on piano and keyboards. Songs and stories with signature clear voice, elegant turn of phrase and melody and songs that speak of who we are, what weíve won and lost and how we love and live. Admission is $15 Call for

  • Sophie Kerr Lecture Series American Shakespeare Center presents Henry IV, P
  • Sunday, September 22   |  7pm
  • Location: Decker Theatre, Washington College
  • Contact: Owen Bailey
  • Phone: 410-810-5768
  • Email: obailey2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.washcoll.edu/live/events/3307-sophie-kerr-lect
  • The American Shakespeare Center On Tour specializes in riveting, heart-pounding performances of early modern plays. If you've ever visited their home stage at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia, you know how much energy and fun this 11-actor troupe packs into each show. In this thrilling and poignant coming- of-age story, Shakespeare gives us the whole world: the fabulous fat knight, the troubled king, the hot-blooded warrior, the prodigal prince, and the crew of big-hearted Eastcheap rabble rousers.

  • Open Mic Night
  • Wednesday, September 25   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre, 210 High St, Chestertow
  • Contact: Lucia Foster
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: lfoster@garfieldcenter.org
  • URL: www.garfieldcenter.org
  • 'Open Mic Night' is free and open to all ages! Hosted by Ford Schumann - To request a time slot, Email Ford at fordo1@aol.com

  • Annual GCA Community Block Party
  • Friday, September 27   |  6pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre, 210 High St, Chestertow
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email:
  • URL: www.garfieldcenter.org
  • Free! Hours of live bands, children's games, face-painting, juggling, free food, cash bar and merriment on the street into the dusk!

  • Time Stands Still
  • Saturday, September 28   |  8pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email:
  • URL: www.motivationaltheatre.com/
  • Tickets $15 general / $5 students. This event is a partnership production with Motivational Theatre. This is a play about PTSD in honor of national Disabilities Month.